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Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:06 PM

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Panthers hold off Lady Jeffcats

PAULDING — Paulding built an 8-3 lead after five innings and then held off a spirited Jefferson rally for an 8-6 Northwest Conference fast-pitch softball victory on a brilliant Friday evening in Paulding.

Claire Thompson took the loss on the mound for the Lady Wildcats (0-7, 0-1 NWC) and had three singles at the plate. She threw six frames, yielding eight hits, eight runs, one free pass, one strikeout and one hit batter.

Kristen Schilt had three hits for Paulding (1-4, 1-1 NWC), including a triple and double. Brooke Combs had two singles.

Schilt also got the win with 5 1/3 innings, ceding eight hits, six runs, walking two, fanning six and hitting one batter. Emily Farr got the save, finishing the game with one hit and three strikeouts.

The game was moved up from Thursday.

Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway since the circuit made the change from single-car laps. Joey Logano, the winner Monday in Texas, was second, followed by Aric Almirola.

Almirola’s teammate, Marcos Ambrose, was fourth, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch.

Points leader Jeff Gordon, a 7-time Darlington winner, will start ninth, with Denny Hamlin rounding out the top 10.

Almirola finished first in the second of three rounds of qualifying and set a track record of 184.145 mph, shattering Kurt Busch’s mark of 181.918 set last May when the Southern 500 was held on Mother’s Day weekend. It’s the sixth time in eight races this season the qualifying record fell.

But Harvick used a higher line in the final segment to lead the field.

Bubba keeps it simple and builds a 3-shot lead
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Friday, April 11, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of “Bubba golf,” producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple and he is halfway to another green jacket.

Watson took over Augusta National on Friday with 75 minutes of brilliance and power. On another demanding day of crispy greens and swirling wind, he ran off five straight birdies on the back nine and wound up with a 4-under 68 for a 3-shot lead over John Senden.

There’s nothing fancy about his golf, except for his outrageous length. He has made only two bogeys in 36 holes. He has missed only eight greens.

“It’s not science here,” Watson said. “It’s try to hit the greens. And if you’re hitting the greens, that means you’re obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that’s all I’m trying to do is just hit the greens … maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That’s what I’ve done the last two days and it’s worked out so far.”

Watson made bogey on the 18th hole with a shot that bounced left of the green and into the gallery. He finished at 7-under 137, giving him the largest 36-hole lead at the Masters since Chad Campbell in 2006.

Fish Ohio
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, April 11, 2014 8:04 PM


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Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!


Alum Creek Lake (3,269 acres; Delaware County) - Saugeye: Fish minnow-imitating crank baits along the dam and causeways at dawn and dusk; fishing the points with jigs tipped with a minnow can also be productive. After a water release, fish the spillway with jigs. Crappie: Try jigging off deep points that have old stumps and in the northern basin of the lake around fallen trees in the creek channel; these are staging in deep water close to spawning sites. Crappie must be 9 inches or longer to harvest.

Delaware Lake (1,017 acres; Delaware County) - Crappie: Fish the old river channel and deep water with woody cover using a jig tipped with a minnow; use slip bobbers to place the bait over the fish. As water warms this spring, crappie will move to shallower water to spawn. There is a 9-inch minimum length limit. Channel catfish: Target the north end of the lake using cut bait or chicken livers. White Bass: In late April to mid-May, these will being moving up streams to spawn; use spinners and jigs.

Wildcats double up Thunderbirds in baseball
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:19 PM


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LIMA — Jefferson baseball coach Doug Geary felt pitching and defense would be the mainstays of his unit in 2014 and so far they have.

He figured how much his offense could manufacture runs would be crucial in its success.

The Wildcats did just that at Players’ Field at Lima Central Catholic High School on a windy Thursday afternoon/evening, grabbing a 4-2 non-league victory.

“We had a number of chances to score more runs but we came up with a couple of clutch hits. That’s going to be the key for our offense this year; timely hits,” Geary explained. “We got off to a good start and that forced them to bring in their Number 1, a very good pitcher. As we saw more pitches from him, we eventually timed him up and got the winning runs in the sixth inning.”